Donald E. Jacobson

Donald E. Jacobson began his career working as bailiff, law librarian, and assistant administrator in the Superior Court in Coconino County.  He spent the last 19 years working in limited and general jurisdiction court administration in Arizona.  He has been court administrator for the Flagstaff Municipal Court since 1995; has been sought out as a subject-matter expert in court financial management, court performance, and system structure; and has worked with numerous courts in Arizona, the United States, and Canada.  He has served on many Arizona Judicial Council advisory committees over the years including the Limited Jurisdiction Court Committee, Court Record and Data Dissemination Advisory Committee, and many others. He received the Justice 2002 Award; the National Public Service Recognition Award in 2001 and 2005; the Arizona Judicial Branch Achievement Award in 2005 and 2006; the Presiding Judges Award in 2010; and the Arizona Judicial Branch at Large Award, Supreme Courts Administration of Justice Award, and National Center for State Courts’ Fellows Star Award in 2011.  He is a 1999 Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM) and is certified to teach Court Performance Standards: CourTools, Managing Court Financial Resources, Visioning and Strategic Planning, and The High Performance Court Framework.  He has served as faculty for the Western States Court Leadership Academy, Court Leadership Institute of Arizona, Arizona Judicial Conference, Arizona Judicial Staff Conference, and ICM.  Mr. Jacobson received a B.S. in engineering, with an emphasis in electrical engineering, from Northern Arizona University in 1979 and an M.A., with honors, from Denver Seminary in 1984.